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George Martin’s Lasting Contribution to the Beatles: Let Them Be

George Martin’s Lasting Contribution to the Beatles: Let Them Be

George Martin could have made the Beatles toe the company line. Instead, Mike Tiano argues, he inspired them to greatness by working as a musical and production collaborator.

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out

The records, those sounds – even in George Martin’s awful absence – will remain, forever.

The Beatles, “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” provides a moment of levity to ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ distinguishing itself from other tracks through its raunchy subject matter and clunkier sound.

Singing the Phonebook with the Beatles, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, R.E.M. + others: Odd Couples

Singing the Phonebook with the Beatles, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, R.E.M. + others: Odd Couples

Returning to songs by the Beatles, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and others that – despite being pretty much incomprehensible – captured the public’s imagination.

Featured Guests with Beatles, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, U2 + others: Odd Couples

Featured Guests with Beatles, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, U2 + others: Odd Couples

As these songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and others show: Sometimes, having special guests provides just enough competition to make the main act work a little harder.

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” reveals the Beatles’ country and rockabilly roots, even as it foreshadows – like much of ‘Beatles for Sale’ – the musical changes to come.

The Beatles, “I’ll Follow the Sun” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I’ll Follow the Sun” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

Tellingly, Paul McCartney still occasionally performs the Beatles’ “I’ll Follow the Sun” in concert. It’s an important stepping stone in his artistic development.

The Beatles, “Inner Light” (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Inner Light” (1968): Deep Beatles

Find out why George Harrison had to be convinced to sing “The Inner Light,” an unlikely b-side to the Beatles’ more commercial “Lady Madonna.”

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2015

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2015

Kit O’Toole counts down the best Beatles-related releases of the past year, ranging from books to CDs to DVDs to calendars and more.

The Beatles, “She Said She Said,” from Revolver (1966): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “She Said She Said,” from Revolver (1966): Deep Beatles

Like “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “She Said She Said” represents Lennon at his most creative and experimental.